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This is a Voice podcast

What an honor and pleasure to be interviewed by voice gurus, Dr Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher, on their This is A Voice podcast (released 19 & 26 June). They wanted to ‘interrogate’ my ideas on authenticity and artistry in singing after hearing my Keynote address for the AOTOS/NATS/EVTA/BVA London conference on 4 June (Advancing Artistry and Individuality within a Positive Pedagogy for Contemporary Commercial Music). So if you want to hear about how you can be (more) authentic to yourself as a singer, and yet authentic to the music tradition/style you sing in, then listen here.  For …

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Working with Auckland Gospel Choir

Thrilled to be working with the wonderful voices of the Auckland Gospel Choir, led by Simon Matafai

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Ellington’s On Again – And LIVE!

We’re back to celebrating the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn! And at the Philharmonic in Liverpool – 25 June 2022.  Frank Griffith has specially arranged the original big band scores for his Nonet (a 9-piece band), evoking the warmth and drive of the Ellington-Strayhorn sound and yet keeping it agile. 

Amongst others, we’ll be performing my favorite: Lush Life. For a rare first-hand experience listen to the composer-lyricist, Billy Strayhorn singing and self-accompanying his poignant tale:

 “ I doubt if there’s a singer alive today who can interpret the music (of Ellington and Strayhorn) better than Louise

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Deja Vu – Ellington-Strayhorn at 7 Arts

How we’ve all missed live music! The Ellington-Strayhorn gig at the end of May was my first live public performance for 16 months. How wonderful to be in the same acoustic space as the audience and to feel their encouragement and warmth. If you missed our all-Ellington-Strayhorn programme of old favorites and neglected rarities you can listen here:

A big thank you must go to Steve Crocker and his team at JazzLeeds-Seven Jazz They have done a remarkable job keeping the flame of jazz alive (and the prospect of musicians working again) while the pandemic kept us …

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Curious Tales

Thursday 9 September, 7pm at Seven Arts, Leeds LS7 3PD

Louise (with pianist Martin Longhawn) continues her exploration of  storytelling through jazz and modern standards (sneaking in a little improvisation, of course). You will hear songs by Ellington, Annie Ross, McCoy Tyner, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Charlie Mingus, Esperanza Spalding, Kurt Elling, Lennon & McCartney, Joni Mitchell, and Sting, amongst others – often with a curious tale to tell. …

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Uptown Lockdown Show

Check out the Duke Ellington Society UK’s ‘Uptown Lockdown’ weekly show on Wednesdays 5.30-6.30, hosted by Frank Griffith (via Duke Ellington Society UK – Facebook). On 28 April Brian Priestley and I will be special guests talking about, amongst other things, the recording ‘Love You Madly’ we made together with saxophonist/clarinettist (and Jazzpar Prizewinner) Tony Coe to celebrate the centenary of Ellington’s birth.

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